Not all that surprising that most tea partiers identify more with the Republican Party, when’s the last time you saw a fiscally responsible Democrat? Despite the misleading title to this story, this is not to be taken for granted though, as the vast majority of tea party members still acknowledge differences between the tea party movement and the party.
Worth noting that only 37% of Republicans expect the tea party to be around longterm, which reinforces the notion held by some that many in the party are merely placating those in the movement, all the while, waiting for it to go away.
What is clear is that those who make up the tea party movement are more informed than average Americans and more likely to be engaged in the political process – like it or not!
Poll: Tea Partiers Say GOP Represents Their Values
Posted by Brian Montopoli
More than four in five supporters of the Tea Party movement says the Republican Party represents their values at least moderately well, a new CBS News poll finds – evidence that there is less light between the movement and the party than some in the GOP have feared.
Seventy-one percent of Tea Party supporters say the Republican Party represents their values moderately well, and 11 percent say it represents their values very well. Just 17 percent say the GOP does not represent their values.
Still, members of the Tea Party movement do draw distinctions with the Republican Party. Eighty-four percent say there is at least some difference between the movement and the party, while just 15 percent see little or no difference. Republicans and Americans overall are less likely to see a significant difference between party and movement.
Likely Tea Party voters are more enthusiastic about the midterm elections than Americans overall: Three in four say they are more enthusiastic about voting than they usually are, compared to one in two Americans overall. Only 12 percent are less enthusiastic, compared to 30 percent of Americans overall.
They are also more interested in the races: Seventy-one percent say they are paying a lot of attention to the campaign, compared to 46 percent of Americans overall who say the same.
The Tea Party’s Impact on the Republican Party
Nearly 70 percent of Tea Partiers – but just 37 percent of Republicans – expect the Tea Party to be a long-term political movement. About half of Republicans (and one in four Tea Partiers) expect the movement to become less influential in the long run. Fifty-seven percent of Americans overall agree.
And while seven in ten Tea Partiers say the movement is making the GOP stronger, only 48 percent of Republicans feel the same. Twenty-eight percent of Americans overall – and 13 percent of Republicans – say the movement is making the GOP weaker.
Asked whether Republicans running for office are motivated by solving the country’s problems or by obtaining political power, both Tea Partiers are Republicans are roughly evenly split. Among Americans overall, only one in four say GOP candidates want to solve the country’s problems. Sixty-six percent say they are primarily interested in obtaining power.
How America Sees the Tea Party
Thirty-eight percent of Americans say the views of the Tea Party are too extreme. Forty-four percent say they are not. One in five Republicans and three in ten independents say Tea Party views are too extreme.
Thirty percent of Americans say the Tea Party reflects the views of most Americans, while 41 percent say it does not. Eighty-two percent of Tea Partiers believe their views reflect the beliefs of most Americans.
Nearly half of voters say a candidate’s Tea Party affiliation would not have an impact on how they vote. But such an affiliation appears to be a net negative: While 16 percent says it would make them more likely to vote for a candidate, 29 percent says it makes them less likely.
Three in four Tea Partiers say media coverage of their movement is too harsh, and only 19 percent say it is fair. Overall, however, 43 percent of Americans say the coverage is fair. Twenty-nine percent say it is too harsh, and 11 percent say it is too easy.
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